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Emergency Communications System

In times of crisis, normal communications may not be operational. To help, the City of Shoreline utilizes a team of volunteer amateur radio operators that make up the Emergency Communications System (ECS) team.

The team can be deployed to field locations where citizens are experiencing communications problems. Other team members may report to a communications hub in the City's Emergency Operations Center. ECS members are also charged with staffing the Neighborhood Emergency Information Relay Stations (NEIRS) during activation. 

Operation of the ECS falls largely on the shoulders of the non-profit group, Shoreline Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS). This group of Amateur Radio volunteers provides an invaluable service to the city. They operate as part of the ECS team under a Memorandum of Understanding with the city and all of its members are registered as emergency workers through the Shoreline Emergency Worker Program. Want more information on the ACS group? Check out their website: Shoreline Amateur Radio Group website